Badminton: Shuttlecock and Racket

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Badminton is a game that involves the use of a net, lightweight rackets, and a shuttlecock. Two or four players play it, which is played indoors, on a marked-out area 44 ft (13.41 m) long by 17 ft (5.18 m) wide for the two-player game and 20 ft (6.10 m) wide for the four-player game. A net is fixed across the middle of the court, with the top of the net set at 5 ft (1.52 m) from the ground at the centre and 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m) at the posts. The players hit the shuttlecock back and forth over the net with the rackets. Only the serving side can win a point. A game is played to 15 points.
Techniques
Some basic skills that are needed to be a successful are:
· A good grip
· A good serve
· A good variety of shots which includes:
Smash, drop shot,
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This location helps protect backhand and also helps the player move to the front corners of the court. A high clear shot is necessary for the opponent to get to the back corners and then, of course, the shuttle flight will give you more time to get to the back corners. The racket is normally held about waist high with its head up and square to the net just to the backhand side of your face. A good drill for footwork practice is to rally with another player trying to hit the shuttle to the four corners-no kill shots. After each hit you should always try to return to the ready position.
In order to develop fast movements around a badminton court it is important to have minimum foot and floor contact time in order to develop speed.
Timing

Timing is everything. It's the difference between making and missing the smash. If you're not hitting the shuttle in the sweet spot of your racket, you end up using more energy to clear, and will get less power out of your smashes.

Improvement of timing will come with experience and practice. One way to tell whether you're hitting the sweet spot is to check the wear on your strings - they should be fraying the most around the centre of the racket head.

Warm-up

It's also important to warm up. Stretch your calves and groin. You'll be reaching out for shots, and the last thing you want is to pull a muscle.
Do some stretches on
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